The best elementary school rooms I see are plastered wall to wall with imaginative paintings, pictures, sayings, writings. These are each works of art that “tell” stories about the children. What does Alyssa dream about? Her art looks so brave and bold? What does Matthew want to do when he grows up? It appears that Anna is a poet and Erin loves little doggies! Noelle wants to move to Mars!!!
IDEA: Take the time to explore the value of each woman present. “Make it your mission to underscore their great worth and abilities. During this session, you are asked to have some freedom from the traditional weekly schedule you might follow. You want to allow them to express who they are- understanding that you are facilitating the process.
Ladies enter the room which has been set up with paper-covered tables, art supplies and worship music playing in the background. Begin with your welcome and prayer, then invite them to take part in a new activity! The activity they are being invited into is to reveal their true identity: NOT BY WORDS… but on paper (a roll of butcher paper would be great!). Pictures, poetry, magazines can be placed on each table, from which the ladies can cut out pictures, words painted that express their hopes, dreams, prayers. At first- this may feel uncomfortable.. but you are prepared! Have art supplies on hand. When you are done- adorn the walls and take a moment to look and comment on the whole of the project. Ask: What do you see here? I see God’s masterpiece within you! What do you see in one another’s work?
Still-way too often women hide their own talents and gifts in deference to serving those around them….or they feel they have nothing to offer.
The truth is- –
*No circumstance, mistake, problem or weakness is so big, that it can remove God’s unique expression of Himself in you.
“Why?”, you ask.
Because God’s work of art in you is sealed with the Holy Spirit from the moment you became His. God’s work of art is insured by His love.
The amazing thing is this: God puts the brush in your hands and invites you to paint every day upon your canvas.
Don’t be mistaken. God is not afar away observer. He inspires us from within — by reshaping our hearts and renewing our minds. You and I have a part in this growing art: to nurture our interests and rekindle our giftings. It is time to start living as God’s work of art. Because you are exactly that.
“For we are God’s masterpiece (the original Greek word poema is translated “poem“), created in the Messiah Jesus to do good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10
Don’t discount that voice inside you, the one you were born to speak in — whether you do it through writing, photography, cooking or engineering, teaching, crafting and anything else.